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  • Posted on: 17 December, 2014 Deadline: 12 January, 2015
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    Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement is a five year, $19.2 million project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), implemented through a contract with Chemonics International. Its objective is to strengthen civil society's ability to influence the development and implementation of key democratic reforms at the national, state, and local levels. The project will support increased engagement and efficacy of civil society to be able to influence public institutions whose function it is to serve citizens' interests. We explicitly aim to engage marginalized populations, such as women, youth, and the disabled in the process and emphasize the importance of leadership and innovation. The project has four components strengthening capacity of civil society; supporting greater engagement and partnership; strengthening public awareness and engagement, and supporting civil society organizations (CSOs) and business memberships organizations (BMOs) in the Niger Delta to advocate for inclusive economic growth (with support from PIN D). The project seeks to recruit the following key positions to support its work. All staff as expected at all times to adhere to and act according to the Chemonics Professional Code of Ethics ("Living Our Values") and will make the principles of the Code a part of the Project's culture and standard operating procedures.

    Public Awareness and Communications Advisor



    Based out of the Abuja office, the Public Awareness Advisor is responsible for leading activities to increase public awareness and civic engagement. S/he will work with CSO and BMO partners to enhance outreach. The Public Awareness Advisor will also be responsible for project communications products and platforms and dissemination of success stories in compliance with USAID regulations and the project's branding and marking plan. S/he will assist CSO and BMO partners to craft communications and public awareness strategies as well as lead the projects communications and public awareness work developing and managing the range of communication products and platforms for the project (newsletter, website, social media, etc.) as well as managing
    strategic relationships with keystakeholders in the media, the entertainment industry, new communications companies, and other actors.

    The ideal candidate will have a degree in a relevant discipline, with a minimum offive (5) years' experience of leading public awareness, advocacy, and communications initiatives at a strategic level, in the context of social development projects, preferably with experience of working with donors such as USAID. S/he will already have strong networks in the industry and a high capacity for networking. In addition, s/he will also have practical experience on developing and maintaining communications products and processes (websites, newsletters, and social media) as well as be prepared towork in a small, dynamic team. The candidate must also possess excellent communications skills in English (written and oral) as well as sound conceptual and computing skills, originality, and initiative.

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    Grants/SAF Assistant



    The Grants/Special Activities Fund (SAF) Assistant will be responsible for supporting the achievement of SACE project objectives by assisting the SAF Manager. The Grants/SAF Assistant will work closely with the SAF Manager to ensure both adequate documentation of grants and subcontract operations and that all aspects of grant and subcontract practices and procedures follow sound financial management principles. This includes supporting the development of terms of reference, receiving and reviewing proposals, maintaining a tracker of all activities and requests, managing records both electronically and hard copy, working effectively in a team and maintaining high levels of confidentiality.

    The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree or equivalent in social sciences, economics, finance, business administration, international development, or a related field, plus at least two (2) years' experience working with grants and/or subcontracts through a USAID·funded project. Ideally, s/he will also have professional certification such as ACA, CIM, NIBM. Excellent computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel, strong data management skills, attention to detail, and strong organizational and prioritization skills are essential forthis post. Knowledge of USAID regulations and an ability to work in a high-pressure environment are also required.

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    Finance Support Officer



    The Delta Finance Officer, supported by a grant-in-kind from PIND, is responsible for the financial and administration of the project field office in compliance with USAID regulations, the contract signed by PIND and Chemonics, and the interests of the PIND client and the project's Nigerian counterparts. !n close coordination with the Delta Advisor, Director of Operations, and Chief of Party, s/he will help to ensure cost control and value for money with the use of project funds. The Delta Finance Officer will also support activities to build the financialand administrative capacity of selected CSO and BMO partners.

    To apply, candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in accounting, auditing and finance, business administration options or equivalent and an ACA/ACCA/CPAorother recognized professional accounting qualification. S/he must have at least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in accounting. S/he must have at least three (3) years post-qualification experience as an auditor with a recognized public or private firm or as a finance manager with a reputable NGO or development contractor or donor agency is desirable. S/he must have thorough knowledge and understanding of professional accounting principles, theories, practices, and terminology (private sector, governmental anc non-profit) and an ability to understand accounting practices and procedures; to analyze data, narrative' reports and workload flow charts, etc. The ideal candidate will also have strong computing skills (Microsoft Office and accounting software) and excellent communication skills.

    Method of Application

    All candidates should be consummate team players and respectful of the diversity of Nigeria. Candidates interested in the above posts should send their applications (electronically only) to indicating the appropriate reference number in the heading, no later than Friday, January 12, 2015. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Applications should include a cover letter and a two-page capacity statement, addressing the key skills identified and a current curriculum vitae. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The project encourages applications from women, people with disabilities and young professionals.

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